May 22, 2017

Lenox Shirtdress Inspiration and Fabric

Hi all! Carrie here and we’re getting ready to launch into our Lenox Shirtdress sew along, so today I’m here to share some amazing shirtdress inspiration and fun fabric options! There are so many looks you can achieve with a shirtdress depending on your fabric choice and styling. Here are some looks that we love!


A graphic check, a vertical stripe, or an African wax print lend a bold, graphic feel to your shirtdress.


Tanesha, queen of the shirtdress and style icon at Cashmerette HQ, has such a beautiful array of dresses! The red with the lace trim is to die for!


Keep it simple in black and white, but you can still make your shirtdress feel vintage, romantic, or edgy!


Or go for a bold print! The classic shape of the shirtdress helps it carry whimsical prints without feeling too juvenile. Have a fun quilting cotton that you’re dying to make a garment out of? The Lenox might be just the ticket!

On that note, let’s look at some fabrics!

First up, the kits were a huge hit and most have sold out, but we’ve been able to source more chambray and Tencel, so if you were eyeing those, nab one before they sell out again!

Cashmerette Montgomery Dress

Here are some fun fabrics that we think would make a great Lenox from around the web!


Classic prints in rich color schemes are one of our favorite combinations. The plus signs are a delightful mid-weight cotton. The mustard floral is a rayon challis that has been making the rounds on Instagram like crazy lately! The feathers are a rayon twill, which is one of our favorite substrates. There’s even a few sneaky birds hidden in there!


Seersucker? Double gauze? Embroidered flamingos? Dots that remind me of that dot candy? Metallic peach floral? Why not?! Make a statement in your Lenox in one of these fun, playful fabrics.


Or go for a classic and make a wear-with-anything linen version. We love these with the wide stripes, pin stripes, or metallic for a classic with a twist!

Are you going to join us for the Lenox Sewalong? What fabrics have caught your eye? Make sure to share your makes with us on social media with #LenoxShirtdress !

10 thoughts on “Lenox Shirtdress Inspiration and Fabric

  1. Katherine's Merkel says:

    Hi Jenny, I received my Lenox pattern today, but it came postage due of $1.03. A bit of a pain since I was charged $1.99 shipping and now have to run to the post office to pay the extra $1.03. I hope tgis doesnt happen to ALL your orders!

    Katherine Merkel

    1. Hi Katherine – email us at and we will refund that for you. 99.9999% of our packages go through without any additional charges, but occasionally (and we have no idea why), someone is charged a bit more.

      1. Katherine's Merkel says:

        Thanks for the offer, but it is not necessary. Your patterns catering to us curvy women are worth every penny. My comment was posted just to make you aware so you don’t lose customers if it happens to someone else.

  2. Karen says:

    Oh My! I never considered this pattern because I don’t really like shirtdresses for me, but then I saw that white vintage inspired one and the black with boots next to it. I think I’m sold!

  3. Katherine's Merkel says:

    Thank you, but no need to reimburse. I love your patterns and your mission to help an under-served segment of the sewing community. Keep up the great work. I am a member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals, so I really have a great appreciation for all your hard but rewarding work.

  4. Michelle says:

    Hi Jenny, what a great looking pattern! I was wondering if you might consider doing a longer sleeve version? (we are heading to winter where I live!). Thanks! Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle, yes, we have plans to launch an expansion pack with a sleeveless bodice, and different sleeve options. Can’t give you an exact timing on that yet, but it’ll likely be before the end of the year.

  5. Sandi says:

    Thank you so much for having a sew along!!! This is going to be my staple dress. Love the idea of the expansion pack!

  6. meg owens says:

    I’m very excited about the forthcoming expansion pack! I love my current Lenox and can’t wait to make more, especially sleeveless!

  7. Laurel says:

    Has anyone made this dress in multiple (coordinating) fabrics?

Let me know what you think!